33 Not-Scary Halloween Movies to Stream – Cosmopolitan

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Scaredy-cats unite! This is our time.
What do you do when you want to watch something Halloween, but can’t deal with even an ounce of scariness? Okay, maybe an ounce or two is perfectly fine, but if you need an alternative to all the paranormal, bloody, or horrifying slasher flicks never fear (literally!) because we’ve rounded up 33 stellar non-scary Halloween movies for you to choose from. Besides, us non-scary-loving folks co-opted this holiday to make it about candy anyway, so why not lean into the ~gentle~ Halloween vibes?
Oh, and just a lil PSA: As a person who doesn’t seek out horror in the slightest, I try to find fellow scaredy-cats to get my advice from; I make it a rule to never ask people who are bona fide scary movie fans whether or not something is scary. They’re always like, “Ehhh, it’s not that scary,” and then we turn the movie on and I’m essentially crouching behind the couch while using my fingers as makeshift earplugs. So, if I say something on this list is a teeny, tiny bit scary, or not that scary? YOU CAN TRUST ME. Pinky promise. But more often than not, these Halloween movies are not scary. That’s what you came here for! And that’s what you shall receive.
This new adaptation of Ronald Dahl’s book is wild. While it’s always good to remember that Dahl’s stuff is way freakier than we remember, and kids can handle darker material than we sometimes think, the movie is still not horror-movie-level scary.
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There’s obviously a whole Hotel Transylvania franchise that you can marathon along with its latest entry, but I wanted to give it a shout-out in case you missed it.
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Now this movie is the first in a recent DCOM musical trilogy about monsters that are metaphors for oppression and not fitting in at school. Eventually, they get to werewolves and aliens, but for now, it’s all about zombies.
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Adam Sandler’s Halloween movie is as goofy as he is and spooky without being scary. If you missed it in 2020, check it out!
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I know what half of you are gonna say. Don’t even start with me.
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I have 1 million questions about the Halloweentown logistics, lore, and economy, but that’s what makes revisiting this DCOM so dang fun! There’s plenty to love and plenty to poke fun at over wine with your friends.
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As a big Don’t Trust The B, Veronica Mars, Gilmore Girls, and Jessica Jones, fan I am loving this witchy moment for Krysten Ritter (hmm, or maybe I’m just a Ritter fan… whatever!).
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Let’s be honest: You know that no matter how many suggestions I give you, you’re just going to end up resorting to Hocus Pocus for the 50 millionth time, right? It’s okay—everybody does! Might as well get it over with since there’s the new sequel coming, too.
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Okay, so. This is one of the movies that I said would be a little scary. This Gothic romance is spookier and more ~adult~ than the other movies on this list, but it’s so, so good. Watch it before the sun sets if you must.
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Pirates of the Caribbean isn’t the only movie based on a Disney Parks ride.
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Eva Mendes is such an underrated spooky Queen.
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It might be scary for kids, but not adults. The title makes it seem way more intense than it actually is.
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Not my favorite Tim Burton movie, but completists should probably check it out. Plus, 70s nostalgia is very in right now and this movie is chock full of it.
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Speaking of Tim Burton, this film of his is spooky at times, heartbreaking at others, and satirical at sometimes, too. It’s not just Halloween candy, it’s a full meal.
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This is a Nickelodeon movie about a family that inherits a castle (like you do), which may or may not be protected by a werewolf.
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Puppies are the opposite of scary. But please, nobody ever make a scary puppy movie now that I’ve said that, TYVM (do not say Cujo, he’s big).
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This is a DCOM about a haunted house that’s not the Haunted Mansion. Spirits pass through to move on instead of staying forever, as a good spirit does. It also stars a young Kat Dennings!
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There are scary elements in this movie, but no super big jump scares. If you want something between a horror movie and something for literal children, this is it. The only people that should really be scared of this movie are bad boyfriends and shitty guys, and maybe they deserve to get spooked into acting right.
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Honestly, you could make a pretty good Halloween DCOM marathon out of some of these movies. This is such a throwback!
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There are definitely some parts of this movie that are unsettling and some parts that are sexier and kinkier than the average Hollywood fare, but they aren’t scary in the traditional or modern sense. Just a warning! I don’t want you coming to me scandalized.
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Tia and Tamera Mowry’s magical film is totally low stakes and a whole lot of fun.
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There are a lot of spooky-themed DCOMs but this one is literally about a girl trying to throw a Halloween party.
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You might be more of an Addams Family Values person, and that’s totally fair, but wait a few weeks and save that one for the iconic Thanksgiving scene!
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Technically, this is a November 1 movie—that’s Dia De Los Muertos—but I’ll allow it for you night owls out there.
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He’s literally a *friendly* ghost. What more do you need to know?
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The classic film, now a hit Broadway musical as well, is the perfect silly/throwback thing to put on for a nightmare-free Halloween. Your dreams will maybe just be…weird, instead.
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There should be more Halloween movies that are about trick or treating! Don’t you agree? Please sign my petition on the way out.
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Other Mother is lowkey terrifying, but, I believe you can handle her. Stay strong!
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There’s something about stop-motion animation that just screams spooky season, don’t you think? Also, this spooky animated movie about a boy who speaks to the dead stars Kodi Smit-McPhee, who went on to get an Oscar nomination for The Power Of The Dog. Good for him!
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The Worst Witch, the story of an incompetent but lovable witch in training named Mildred Hubble, has been an HBO series and a Netflix series—but our Gen X elders l-o-v-e to talk about the movie. Honor them this Halloween by streaming the cult classic.
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This just unlocked a memory for me. Anybody else remember this short film about two witches who turn their sister into a jack-o-lantern?
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If you’re one of *those* Nightmare Before Christmas people, watch this animated movie instead.
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If all else fails, watch a musical! Little Shop is a spoof of cult horror movies, but it’s really not itself scary. Just, you know, don’t feed the plants…
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